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Jill Gascoine, the Grammy-nominated actress, has died aged 83

Jill Gascoine, the actress and novelist, has passed away at the age of 83.

Gascoine, who began her acting career in theatre in the 1960s, famously starred in ITV police drama The Gentle Touch and its spin-off series C.A.T.S. Eyes.

Gascoine’s son, Adam, released a statement on social media to confirm her death. “She suffered from Alzheimer’s for 10 years, so today was a thankful release,” the statement reads. “The family is all well, and relieved that she’s not suffering any more.”

He added: “There will not be a memorial for a good while due to the current climate. The family will reach out once details have been arranged. We will likely hold 2 services – one in London for the UK friends and family, and one in Los Angeles for the US side.

“She was a wonderful human and a spirit of truth and absolute, unconditional love. There was no other. I am happy she’s moved on. Please raise a glass. Be kind and love deeply!”

In the 1990s, Gascoine began a career as a novelist and released Addicted in 1994, Lilian a year later and Just Like A Woman in 1997.